Saturday, August 13, 2011

How To Whiten Your Nails

As much as I love nail polish, there are definitely times when it can stain or yellow your nails, either from using a dark shade or applying and removing polish very often. So here is an easy way to help make your nails look cleaner and whiter in between manicures!

You will need:
  • 3% Hydrogen peroxide (This can be found at most drug or grocery stores for around 90 cents. It's also great for removing stains on light fabric and as an anticeptic.)
  • Baking soda
  • A plate (or other mixing surface)
  • Cotton swabs
  • A spoon
  • Cuticle moisturizer of your choice (Here I am using Smith's Rosebud Salve, which I also like for dry lips and hands.)
Step 1: On your plate, mix two-and-a-half spoonfuls of baking soda with one spoonful of hydrogen peroxide. The mixture should have a paste-like consistency, so feel free to use more or less hydorgen peroxide until you feel you've gotten the right texture.

I know this looks like we're about to go all "Breaking Bad" here or something, but don't worry, it's harmless! :) Since hydrogen peroxide is primarily used as an antiseptic, it won't hurt your nails or skin. However, you can substitute lemon juice if you prefer.

Step 2: Using the cotton swabs, spread the paste over your nails. Make sure you get under your tips as well. If you have trouble getting under the nail, try using an old toothbrush.

Step 3: Wait three to five minutes.

Step 4: Rinse off the paste with warm water. Be sure to get it all out from under your nails too, otherwise the remaining paste will start to itch after a while.

Step 5: Generously coat each nail with your moisturizer to help fight off any dryness, irritation or brittleness.

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